Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

The Real Greek was one of the restaurants involved in the calorie display trial

Restaurants move closer to displaying calories on menus

By Emma Eversham

Calorie information appearing on menus could soon become commonplace across the UK according to the Food Standards Agency following a trial involving 21 restaurants and other catering businesses

Scotland's Alcohol Bill will impose a minimum price

Scotland presses ahead with Alcohol Bill

By Gemma McKenna

The Scottish Government has published its controversial Alcohol Bill, which will give ministers powers to impose minimum pricing, introduce a new tax for retailers and ban off-trade promotions

The FSA is consulting with  restaurants about adopting the  US calorie counting on menus

FSA comes under fire for nutrition approach

By Stefan Chomka, Restaurant magazine

The Food Standards Agency has come under attack for failing to give the industry proper guidance on how to introduce nutritional information onto menus

The BHA will look into the impact a reduced VAT rate will have before making a decision

BHA to study impact of lower VAT rate on hotels

By Emma Eversham

The British Hospitality Association is to look at the impact a reduction in VAT would have on hotels following calls to bring the rate down while members of the industry have their say

A reduced VAT rate would give UK hotels a much needed boost, says PKF

Call for introduction of 5% VAT rate for hotels

By Emma Eversham

Accountancy firm PKF calls for the re-tabling and support of an Early Day Motion that looks at lowering the VAT rate for hotels to give the industry 'a much needed boost'

Pubs, restaurants and hotels who want to pay music will see fees reduced this year

Hospitality businesses to get music licence refunds

By Emma Eversham

Hotels, restaurants and pubs who have paid over the odds for music licences since PPL put fees up three years ago will get refunds after a tribunal decision found that tariffs had been set too high

The OFT's verdict has drawn mixed opinion from the pub industry

OFT to take no further action on pubcos

By Becky Paskin

The Office of Fair Trading’s decision not to take any further action following the Campaign for Real Ale’s super-complaint over pubcos and the beer tie has caused mixed opinion in the industry

Peter Mandelson with business minister Pat McFadden and Gillian Thomson of Table outside the restaurant

Industry urged to adopt tips code as new law comes into force

By Emma Eversham

Restaurants, hotels and pubs are being urged to adopt a new code of practice on tipping and service charges as new legislation comes into force today banning the practice of using tips to bring staff pay up to minimum wage levels

Brasserie Blanc is the first restaurant company to sign up to the scheme

Brasserie Blanc pioneers new government business scheme

By Emma Eversham

Raymond Blanc’s group of brasseries is the first restaurant company to sign up to a new government initiative that enables operators with multiple sites to deal with one local authority for advice and help

The biggest overhaul of Scotland's  licensing laws starts today

Scottish licensing law changes go live

By Emma Eversham

Happy hours in pubs, bars and clubs in Scotland will be banned from today as part of a raft of meaures to cut down on anti social drinking

The campaign is leading the fight against the mandatory alcohol code

Over 7,000 pub-goers oppose alcohol code

By Becky Paskin

There has been widespread opposition to the Government’s mandatory alcohol code, as over 7,000 pub-goers sign up to the Axe the Beer Tax, Save the Pub campaign


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